Thanks for wanting to know more about us and how the Charlie Bean's brand started. Here goes..
The idea of designing a range of t-shirts with illustrated words came to me back in 2011 when I was sat in the kitchen of my in-laws flat, hunting for jobs in web and graphic design. I’d sketched up a few designs in my evenings but before long I managed to get a job to help get us (my wife and 4 month old baby girl) into a place of our own. Spare time suddenly became non existent and the t-shirt idea was shelved.
5 years (and a new job) later, I became involved in selling products online. Most of my learning was all self tuition using the wonderful internet for resources, tutorials and other stuff. I learnt the basics in online marketing to help spread the word about products on the internet.
In November of 2015 after loads of research and free webinars I decided to revisit the t-shirt idea, but i knew my original designs weren’t good enough, so with help I had them improved. We also felt that the words used should relate to the person wearing it, making it more personal. Now with a wider knowledge of starting an online shop and some better designs, I felt the time was right to launch. All I needed now was a name, so here is where I'd like you to meet my nephew, Charlie.
Charlie AKA Beanie AKA Charlie Bean - one of the happiest chaps you could meet. A funny, cheeky and caring little man who had 3 main loves in his life - family, holidays and marmite. Sadly around this same time, Charlie lost his life in a tragic accident which left us all devastated and a huge hole in our hearts.
The support his parents received was quite incredible and flowers came in by the bucket load. They decided to set up a JustGiving page so that instead of people sending flowers and gifts, they could choose to do something positive in his memory by donating to a wonderful charity - Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children's Charity. Within a very short time a staggering £11,500 was raised.
After everything that had happened I decided to turn this project into a vehicle to continue raising money and build on Charlie's legacy. He would been very proud of that.
10% of every order will be donated to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. They focus on both the medical and emotional needs of children by creating and developing specialist children's nurses at hospitals in the UK, and providing assistance to affected families experiencing financial hardship.
Buying a Charlie Bean’s product means you will have contributed to this fantastic cause and really make a difference to the children who need it.
Thanks for your support and hope you like what we do.
This one's for you Charlie. x